A defeat, but a moral victory for Eugenie Bouchard

A defeat, but a moral victory for Eugenie Bouchard


Quebecer Eugenie Bouchard shouldn't be ashamed of her performance in the first round of the Seoul tennis tournament, despite losing to Germany's Tatjana Maria on Tuesday. 

The seventh seed in the competition and holder of the 80th place in the world rankings defeated “Genie” in two identical sets of 7-6 (5) and 2 h 17 min.

The duel was played out with a few details, Maria pocketing 89 points, compared to 84 for the Canadian. Each player had two breaks and was convincing with the first balls in hand. The German athlete won 71.1% of the points disputed on her initial serve, while Bouchard had the last word 66.7% of the time in identical circumstances.

Last week, the player de la Belle Province did well by reaching the quarter-finals in Chennai, India. As a result, she climbed to No. 475 in the WTA after being a distant No. 902.

Quick and well done job from Rebecca Marino

From For her part, Canada's Rebecca Marino didn't last long on the playing surface, crushing Croatia's Jana Fett in straight sets 6-1, 6-2 in another first-round match in Seoul.

< p>The eighth seed and 81st racket in the world needed just 65 minutes to defeat the 286th player in the WTA.

Marino dominated in almost every category, smashing eight aces against two for her rival. Fett, for his part, committed seven double faults, which partly explained the four breaks in nine occasions achieved by Marino.

The latter will be measured in the next stage by Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva. The athlete from Andorra is ranked 186th on the professional circuit.